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Friends of Carmel Valley Library


The purpose of Friends of the Carmel Valley Library is to maintain an association of persons interested in the Carmel Valley branch library; to foster community participation in, support for, and cooperation with the library in developing library services and facilities of the community, and to solicit and encourage gifts, endowments and bequests.

The Big Idea

Friends of Carmel Valley Library understands the importance of access to books and community events. They work hard with the Carmel Valley branch of Monterey County Free Libraries to provide books, equipment and programming available to the entire community. While rent for the building and salaries are paid by local taxes, it’s difficult for the library to finance anything extra to support its patrons. This is where Friends of the Carmel Valley Library comes in, raising funds for material needs, physical enhancements and programming, such as STEM programming for children. The nonprofit looks to support librarians whenever they have an idea that will benefit the community.

I have been on staff at Carmel Valley Branch for over twenty years. I have experienced many supportive efforts from the Friends. FOCVL has helped the library in many ways. They have covered the cost of new books and magazines. They have purchased equipment, supplies and refreshments for various programs like the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary, featured on local news. As part of the Program, FOCVL donated a quality telescope. They support programs, such as the monthly Maker-space Fair where families can work on a variety of hands-on art & craft projects as well as STEAM [science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics]. FOCVL has performed many kindnesses to make the Carmel Valley Branch staff feel appreciated and supported. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated volunteer group in our Village

- Linda Tedrow Ingram

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.